Ombudsman files graft raps vs. ex-VP Binay

MANILA — The Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman) filed graft charges against former Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay before the Sandiganbayan on Thursday.

The Ombudsman filed charges for graft, falsification of public documents and violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act against Binay.

The charges were in connection with the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II amounting to PHP2.28 billion.

In October 2015, the Ombudsman found probable cause to file the cases before the Sandiganbayan against Binay and his son, former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, Jr.

Likewise charged were the 22 other local officials of Makati City.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier said that they can already file the cases against Binay once he is not anymore covered by immunity from suit as Vice President. Perfecto Raymundo/PNA/